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"prostitute" in British English

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prostitutenoun [C]

uk   /ˈprɒs.tɪ.tjuːt/  us   /ˈprɑː.stɪ.tuːt/
C1 a ​person who has ​sex with someone for ​money
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prostituteverb [T]

uk   /ˈprɒs.tɪ.tjuːt/  us   /ˈprɑː.stɪ.tuːt/ formal disapproving
to use yourself or ​yourabilities or ​beliefs in a way that does not ​deserverespect, ​especially in ​order to get ​money: Some ​critics say he prostituted his ​musicalskills by going into ​poprather than ​staying with ​classicalmusic. He went to ​work in ​Hollywood and was ​accused of prostituting himself.prostitute yourself formal to have ​sex for ​money
(Definition of prostitute from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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prostitutenoun [C]

 us   /ˈprɑs·tɪˌtut/
someone, usually a woman, who has ​sex with ​people for ​money

prostituteverb [T]

 us   /ˈprɑs·tɪˌtut/
to ​sell yourself by having ​sex with ​people for ​money, or to ​force someone ​else to prostitute himself or herself: Hundreds of ​widowed or ​hungry women have had to prostitute themselves to ​survive.fig. Some ​critics say that he is prostituting his writing ​talent (= using it in a way that does not ​deserverespect, esp. to ​earnmoney).
(Definition of prostitute from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “prostitute”
in Korean 매춘부…
in Arabic داعِرة…
in Malaysian pelacur…
in French prostitué/-ée…
in Russian проститутка…
in Chinese (Traditional) 妓女,娼妓…
in Italian prostituto, -a…
in Turkish fahişe, orospu…
in Polish prostytutka…
in Spanish prostituto, prostituta…
in Vietnamese gái mại dâm…
in Portuguese prostituto, -a…
in Thai โสเภณี…
in German die Prostituierte…
in Catalan prostitut, -a…
in Japanese 売春婦, 娼婦…
in Chinese (Simplified) 妓女,娼妓…
in Indonesian pelacur…
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